Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway - The Bluebell Bunting Society by Poppy Dolan


Welcome to Bluebell Hall. Pull up a wonky chair, grab a cream bun and settle into a story about a little village, a determined woman - and bunting.

At twenty-nine, Connie isn't quite where she thought she'd be. When her beloved gran died Connie returned to Hazelhurst, the village she grew up in, and took over her gran's old job as caretaker at the village hall. It might not be the stuff of dreams, but Connie loves working at Bluebell Hall - the heart of the community fuelled by copious cups of tea.

So when Bluebell Hall is threatened with closure, Connie is determined not to let greedy property developers get their hands on it. She hatches a plan bonkers enough that it might just work. All it takes is a needle and thread, scraps of old material and willing hands.

Can Connie convince the people of Hazelhurst that their village hall is worth saving? And will she save herself in the process...?



Review 
If cosy, heart-warming reads focused on village life, community spirit and friendship are what you like, then The Bluebell Bunting Society by Poppy Dolan will be right up your bookish street. Full of wonderful characters, hilarious shenanigans and utterly adorable bunting, this story captured my heart and made me feel as if I were part of Hazelhurst's community myself. Every page turn brought with it something new and exciting, a challenge for dear Connie, and it seemed that within no time at all, I'd reached the final page and was saying goodbye as this delightful story came to an end.

In Poppy Dolan's The Bluebell Bunting Society, readers are introduced to Connie, and the old but charming Bluebell Hall that has been part of the Hazelhurst community since before she can remember. Having had her career dreams crushed, and losing her dear gran, Connie returned to Hazelhurst and took over as the caretaker of Bluebell Hall, wanting to carry on the job in memory of the woman who once did such a fantastic job. She adores her gran, and she wants to make her proud, although with the patches of mould and not-so-pretty dull walls, it's becoming a little more difficult than usual, especially when Connie has nowhere near enough funds to undertake a DIY makeover. But nevertheless, these things simply add to the charm of Bluebell Hall. Right? RIGHT?

Connie's story really gets rolling when gossip spreads in the village of a newcomer. Connie soon finds herself face to face with the reality of Bluebell Hall being closed due to insufficient visitors. Numbers have dwindled in recent times, Connie has known this, but she didn't really believe things would reach such a devastating point! She can hardly bear the thought of life without the hall, and so, with the help of some truly fantastic friends, she hatches a plan. A plan that will hopefully save Bluebell Hall from permanent closure and keep it steady and sure in village life, as it has always been.

The friendships within this story were absolutely lovely, and were a joy to read about. Connie is such a witty and warm character, determined and brave too, which are characteristics I love. I really wanted her to succeed with Bluebell Hall, but I also wanted her to figure out what it was that she truly wanted from life, because a massive part of this book focuses on Connie's confusion about her wants and desires. I think this is something a ton of people can relate to.

All in all, The Bluebell Bunting Society was a gorgeous little gem of a novel that I absolutely whizzed through, relishing in the ups and downs that Connie dealt with. I felt completely wrapped up within village life and surrounded on all sides by the characters Poppy Dolan created. All of them, each in their own ways, added a massive dollop of colour and excitement to the story, making it all the more enjoyable. It was a story about friendship, hope, courage and family. I loved it, and I'm sure that you will too.

Hummingbird Reviews is awarding The Bluebell Bunting Society by Poppy Dolan with four out of five stars. Such a fabulous tale, written from the heart! Many thanks to publisher for review copy of this book.


Giveaway
Thanks to Canelo and Poppy Dolan, I have three digital copies of this gorgeous book to give away to three lucky winners! If you think this book is something you would like to read, then feel free to go ahead and enter! This giveaway will run until 5th April 2017. Winners will be notified immediately.

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About the author

Poppy Dolan self-published her first book, The Bad Boyfriends Bootcamp, in 2012 and was amazed that someone other than her mum bought it. It the made the Amazon top 100 and no former boyfriends have since come forward to sue.

Her next book, There's More to Life than Cupcakes, was published in the autumn of 2013. It's about baking, babies and not knowing when to grow up.

Poppy's third book, The Bluebell Bunting Society, was published in 2017 and tells the story of a little community pulling together in their hour of need, and how a little crafting can go a long way.

When she's not glued to her laptop, Poppy loves cooking, reading and getting emotional over TV. She is in her mid-thirties and lives just outside London with her husband. She writes in a coffee shop nicknamed Terence and also - when it's not too chilly - in the shed.




You can find Poppy Dolan on Twitter.
You can purchase your copy of The Bluebell Bunting Society here.

7 comments :

  1. The Great Village Show by Alex Brown. I love all the books in the Tindledale series but this is my fave.

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    1. Hi Laura!

      Oh, great choice. I completely agree with you there! The Tindledale series is wonderful. Thanks so much for stopping by, and good luck!

      Becca x

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  2. My pleasure Becca. I'm loving the new blog name and design. Looking forward to reading your new book too. Lx

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  3. This sounds wonderful. I have to say one of my favourite village based books is yours 😉 Return to Bluebell Hill (and this is in no way a bribe) 😂

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    1. Hi, Claire!

      Ha ha. What a fantastic answer! ;) Thanks so much for stopping by and best of luck! This is a wonderful story to get lost in.

      Becca x

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  4. I love the star and sixpence stories

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  5. I love the White Cliff Bay series of books by Holly Martin (know that's technically more than one book but I can't choose a favourite from them all) x

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